Happy New Year, 2010

Well, a new year is upon us.  So far it feels a lot like last year.  But it’ll be better.  Well, I don’t know that all things will be better, but here at Buffet o’ Blog we have plans to make your experience here better than ever.  And that should be worth something.  🙂

For a few minutes around midnight, when it officially became 2010, I tuned in to the Dick Clark new years countdown special on ABC.  Right after it happened, they went live to a female broadcaster in the middle of Times Square, who gave her first impression of the new year and all the celebrations going on.  Her response?  “I’m crying.  I feel like a little girl.”  Really?  I wonder how much she’s getting paid for that kind of insight…  Not to be critical, but I think I could’ve come up with something better than that… (and I write for free!)

And then there were people singing “Auld Lang Syne”.  I don’t know all the lyrics, but there’s something about “should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind”.  I don’t get it.  Why is there a song about forgetting people?  I mean, if they did something bad to you, then it would be good to forget, but why forget old acquaintances just because it’s a new year?  Maybe I should write a new song for new years, talking about starting the year fresh, with new years resolutions, and planning to keep those resolutions longer than a few weeks this time.  🙂

Do you sing to your Christmas tree?

I like Christmas songs.  I enjoy the ones promoting the reason for the season (the birth of Jesus) as well as the more traditional ones that are more for fun.  But a few of the “fun” holiday songs make me wonder.  For example, why do we sing a song to a Christmas tree?   I’m referring to “O Tannenbaum”, or “O Christmas Tree”.

I don’t know what the official lyrics are to the song, because apparently there are many versions, with many verses.  Some of them have overt Christian meanings, while some are kinda weird taken by themselves.  Let’s look at a few of the latter variety.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
How faithful are thy branches!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Green not alone in summertime,
But in the winter’s frost and rime;
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
How faithful are thy branches.

Oh Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
Thou tree most fair and lovely!
The sight of thee at Christmastide
Spreads hope and gladness far and wide
Oh Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Thou tree most fair and lovely!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
You stand in verdant beauty
Your boughs are green in summer’s glow
And do not fade in winter’s snow
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
You stand in verdant beauty

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
How laden are your branches
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
Your presence here enhances
Your silver star does glisten bright
Reflecting all the candlelight
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
How laden are your branches

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
You fill all hearts with gaiety
On Christmas Day you stand so tall
Affording joy to one and all
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
You fill all hearts with gaiety

Based on those lyrics, I have to wonder why a song was written to a Christmas tree…  I realize there are a lot of silly songs that have been written, but this song has been popular for hundreds of years…

something bigger than me

Earlier tonight I was on the road, and the radio was set to K-Love.  The song “Whatever You’re Doing (Something Heavenly)” by Sanctus Real came on, and it came on again later that evening.  (Is there such a shortage of good Christian songs that they have to replay the same ones every hour or so?  The short answer: NO!  Also, this happened about a week ago with a different song.  That’s why I rarely listen to the station.  But that’s a rant for another day.)

Anyway, the chorus of the song says, “You’re up to something bigger than me”, and I got to thinking about that.  That’s BIG!  I mean, for it to be bigger than me, that’s saying something!  So I’m excited about that!

~ Thomas Wayne

(FYI, yes, this is humor.  Or at least an attempt at it.)

Vanilla Ice videos

It’s time for a retro video.  My choice for today is “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice.  Yeah, he ripped off a lot of other musical artists.  Yeah, he wasn’t as cool as he thought he was.  And you’d probably be embarrassed if someone walked up behind you while you were watching it.  But nonetheless, you know you want to click it to listen.  Go ahead, it’s okay.  You don’t have to admit it…  🙂

(FYI, it’s rated PG for a couple of questionable words and for scenes of lameness.)

Video of Ice Ice Baby.

Notice a couple of the things he said during the song : “Cookin’ MCs like a pound of bacon.”  That’s really throwin’ the smack down, huh?  I know he’s just rambling most of the time, but it is part of the lyrics to the song.  At least he’s talking about bacon, which is cool.

And he also said, “My style’s like a chemical spill.”  WHAT?!?  What is that supposed to mean?  Is he saying his style is a mess?  And not only a mess, but something that cannot be cleaned up?  Crazy…

While on this topic, there’s also a video on YouTube of Jim Carrey doing a parody of this song, from the show In Living Color.  (This video is clean and funny.)